Workers’ Compensation Case Results

Millions in Victories in Chicago & Across Illinois

In the courtroom, a lawyer’s bravado and marketing don’t mean anything. All that matters is their ability to fight for results and hold employers accountable. By that measure, Romanucci & Blandin, LLC is one of the premier workers’ compensation firms in Chicago.

Take a look at our most notable and recent victories below.

  • $5,550,000

    Workers’ Compensation Common Injury

    A female construction worker suffered incomplete paraplegia when a more than five foot trench collapsed on to her body.
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  • $5,348,750

    Machinery Accident

    A self-employed roofing contractor, who was heading home on the Dan Ryan expressway, suffered multiple injuries, including leg, pelvis and rib fractures, lung contusions, ruptured spleen and a mild brain injury, when his vehicle was cut off by a CTA bus, and he struck another bus which was stalled in the middle lane.
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  • $4,850,000

    Machinery Accident

    A male carpenter sustained a traumatic brain injury, facial trauma and a torn rotator cuff among other injuries while working at Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium when an improperly secured fish tank, weighing thousands of pounds, fell on him, pinning his head between the tank and a concrete wall. He needed two repair surgeries and subsequent rehabilitation and was unable to return to work. A construction company was found guilty of failing to provide proper protections to ensure the safety of the worker.
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  • $3,850,000

    Workers’ Compensation Common Injury

    An 85-year-old woman who survived the collapse of a supermarket roof received a record settlement for her injuries that included a traumatic brain injury, crushed right eye and fractures. This was the highest award on record for an accident involving a survivor over age 80.
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  • $3,500,000

    Machinery Accident

    A truck driver fell and sustained brain injuries while exiting his semi-tractor cab. The trucking company owner had failed to replace a missing driver’s side safety grab bar, which the plaintiff contended would have prevented or lessened the severity of the fall.
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  • $3,375,000

    Machinery Accident

    The plaintiff, a 36-year-old truck driver, was helping to unload steel off his truck, when his right hand and wrist were crushed by a load of steel after the straps from the crane broke. The defendant in the case was a steel company.
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  • $2,500,000

    Workers’ Compensation Common Injury

    The plaintiff, a 50-year-old Bosnian immigrant working as an iron worker, fell while on the job at a construction site. He suffered bi-lateral pelvic fractures and underwent surgery for the insertion of plates and screws to stabilize the pelvic rim.
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  • $2,500,000

    Workers’ Compensation Common Injury

    A 20-year old window washer who suffered extensive injuries, including a below the knee amputation of his left leg, after falling 30 feet from a hospital roof where he was working in 2002, received a settlement. As part of the settlement, the window washer’s employer waived $500,000 of its workers’ compensation lien and agreed to fund the plaintiff’s future medical expenses, which will exceed $1 million, increasing the settlement value to more than $4 million.
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  • $2,500,000

    Machinery Accident

    A certified elevator mechanic, delaTorre was working to install two elevators at the Village Commons commercial construction project in downtown Lake Bluff when on the morning of April 22, 2008, the project manager for the general contractor, DJW Ridgeway Building Consultants, Inc., ordered a change in the order of the work. The project’s bricklayers were moving their work to the front of the building which was the elevator mechanics’ only access to the space. The project manager ordered delaTorre and his fellow elevator mechanic to stop work and transport all their necessary elevator materials through the front of the building while the bricklayers were also operating an eight-foot wide and 22,000-pound lull through in the same area.
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  • $1,500,000

    Machinery Accident

    While working at a construction site on Chicago’s North Michigan Avenue, our client – a 50-year-old male laborer – sustained a crushed leg when a stacker was improperly loaded onto a delivery truck. His leg became entangled in a loose cable, and the stacker rolled back, pulling the cable taut and causing numerous leg fractures.
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  • $1,500,000

    Workers’ Compensation Common Injury

    While working on the Elevated Train Tracks downtown, our client, a laborer, fell 22-feet from the elevated train tracks to the ground causing serious injuries including multiple lacerations, a depressed right frontal skull fracture with underlying hematoma causing mass effect/pressure on adjacent brain tissue causing permanent encephalomalacic change in his right frontal lobe and permanent dead brain tissue, multiple lower and upper body fractures and a rotator cuff injury. As a result of his injuries, our client was hospitalized for approximately two weeks. Following his release, our client required 24 hour home nursing care for over a month, and required periodic home nursing care. Since the accident, he has undergone seven surgeries to treat his injuries, and will likely have to undergo future surgeries as a result of his injuries.
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  • $1,477,000

    Labor Union Representation

    A union carpenter was on a job site and carrying a doorway header beam when the ladder he was on gave way. The beam caused a severe gash on his neck which required surgery. He tried to return to work but was bothered by persistent migraines, headaches, neck pain, ringing in ears and other injuries that left him permanently disabled. We successfully argued that the general contractor failed to remove inadequate, medium-duty ladders for the required work and that other safety requirements were not followed.
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  • $925,000

    Workers’ Compensation Common Injury

    A male HVAC worker sustained extensive injuries to his wrist, shoulder and ankle, which required a total of 13 surgeries, after falling from a hospital roof where he was working. As part of the settlement, the HVAC worker’s employer waived $787,452 of its workers’ compensation lien, increasing the settlement value to about $1.69 million.
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